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If you’re not familiar, the Chrome Web Store has “Apps” that you can install in the Chrome browser to do all sorts of useful things. It’s similar to “add-ons” in Firefox. The difference is that in many cases these Apps are simply icons installed on your Chrome start page that link to a particular site or blog. Essentially they are just fancy bookmarks! Considering how many people use the Chrome browser, it’s easy to see why it would be beneficial for you to have an “App” for your site.
Anything that will allow Chrome users to easily access your site from their start page can only be a good thing right?
It would also be beneficial for you to promote this App from your website and to your ezine subscribers because the more popular your site is in the Chrome Web Store the better it will rank in the store. It’s almost like some kind of secret, secondary search engine.
How great would it be if your site had an App in the Chrome Web Store? Vikitech.com explains how this can be done:
“After reading the Chrome Web Apps Documentation for a while, I found that the process of making a web app from any existing website is quite easy. As an example, I created a Web App for Mind42.com which is my favorite site for creating Mind Maps.
Using the process described below you can create your own Chrome Web Apps. Lets see how it’s done.
Creating Your Own Chrome Web Apps:
Basics: What does a Chrome Web App consist of?
A Chrome Web App consists of a .crx file that contains the metadata describing the app. (The .crx file format is just a variation of ZIP that’s used by Google Chrome.)
The .crx file for a hosted app (app made from an existing website) must contain an icon and a manifest that has details about how the app should function in the browser.
These are the only 2 things you need to make a Chrome Web App. The manifest and an icon for the web app.
The Manifest - Every app needs a manifest—a JSON-formatted file named manifest.json that describes it.
The Icon - Every app also needs an icon. The icon is used on the New Tab page.
Creating The Manifest:
In order to create a manifest file, open the notepad or any other text editor you use and…” [Read More]
Please feel free to share your Chrome App by leaving a comment below! We’ll have one for TrueWebPresence.com done very soon!
I don’t know about you, but I find it very entertaining to watch how the Internet continues to evolve. It truly boggles the mind when you realize just how fast technology is advancing. This new Google update is a welcome change since I feel it can only increase the quality of the search results. Not everybody agrees of course.
“Google Search has always been about finding the best results for you. Sometimes that means results from the public web, but sometimes it means your personal content or things shared with you by people you care about. These wonderful people and this rich personal content is currently missing from your search experience. Search is still limited to a universe of webpages created publicly, mostly by people you’ve never met. Today, we’re changing that by bringing your world, rich with people and information, into search.
Search is pretty amazing at finding that one needle in a haystack of billions of webpages, images, videos, news and much more. But clearly, that isn’t enough. You should also be able to find your own stuff on the web, the people you know and things they’ve shared with you, as well as the people you don’t know but might want to… all from one search box.
We’re transforming Google into a search engine that understands not only content, but also people and relationships. We began this transformation with Social Search, and today we’re taking another big step in this direction by introducing three new features:
- Personal Results, which enable you to find information just for you, such as Google+ photos and posts—both your own and those shared specifically with you, that only you will be able to see on your results page;
- Profiles in Search, both in autocomplete and results, which enable you to immediately find people you’re close to or might be interested in following; and,
- People and Pages, which help you find people profiles and Google+ pages related to a specific topic or area of interest, and enable you to follow them with just a few clicks. Because behind most every query is a community.
Together, these features combine to create Search plus Your World. Search is simply better with your world in it, and we’re just getting started. [Read more]
What are your personal feelings regarding this new update to Google’s algorithm update? Please leave a comment.
The popularity of social media seems to have come out of nowhere for most business owners. This leaves many scratching their heads wondering how exactly they’re supposed to utilize sites like Facebook or Twitter.
Mashable gives us 5 great tips for a successful social media content strategy:
“1. Know Your Voice
Everything you say on the social web should “sound” like your brand. It’s something Skittles does well. Some of its status messages garner more than 1,000 comments, and many exceed 10,000 “Likes” on Facebook.
Why are these little content snippets so successful? The writing is just like the candy: colorful, playful and imaginative. The pithy, daily, flavor-packed observations are reliably surprising. You can relish today’s post and look forward to tomorrow’s — like candy in word form.
2. Time Your Content
Create a calendar that spells out what you’re going to say and when you’re going to say. Make sure it’s relevant to where people are in their lives and the season. Nobody cares about Santa Claus in January, but a whole lot of people care about sales after Christmas. A quick look at Google Trends will confirm that.
3. Know Your Audience
Why does somebody follow you? Why do they like you? It’s because your brand offers them something. Make sure you deliver. Here’s SKYY Vodka on Twitter with a message that’s relevant to most of its…” [Read more]
What is your social media content strategy? Leave a comment below!
Just as I’ve predicted for a few years now, the search engines are going social. For those of us who have a Google+ account you’ve probably noticed the little “+1″ button next to each listing in the search results. Which naturally makes us wonder how much this will effect the rank for listings that get a lot of “+1″ ticks.
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“The SEO Effect Google +1 Experiment whitepaper, concludes that the Google +1 button saw a 20% increase in rankings which led to a corresponding lift in Clickthrough rate (CTR). Whilst in my opinion, right now, the test on rankings is too fuzzy in it’s implementation and was not competitive enough a target phrase to say anything truly groundbreaking about the impact on rankings, the real merits of the study are in the impact of trust factors on CTR. The SEO Effects findings broadly match up with Verisign’s findings that their “secured by Verisign seal” caused a lift of 18% on CTR. It seems likely that this is the message Google will most likely push about +1 swell. Google have never liked talking about how to improve rankings per se, so will instead push the concept that +1 will improve clickthrough rates in organic listings, which is merit enough for webmasters to adopt it.
With that in mind, it seems fairly safe to hypothesize that integrations with Google Webmaster Tools will show how +1 increased CTR on URLs in organic searches, whilst AdWords will show CTR increases where ads are displayed to users with a +1. This latter integration will naturally provide incentive to advertisers and webmasters as higher CTR means lower cost-per-click (CPC).
Therefore, I guess a Google Analytics integration will work on accounts that have integrated Google AdWords data, but may also show a new event similar to webmaster tools. It would be cool to see if +1 data in Google Analytics can be mapped against visitor loyalty and recency statistics. It would also be nice to see if incoming search traffic can be mapped to users who only saw it as a +1 listing.
“Regardless of what we might see in terms of tools integrations, the key takeaway from the SEO effect analysis, for me, is that it really is logical to expect a rankings increase from +1′d results.
“Even though Google has never officially said that it tracks CTR in organic search listings, experienced SEOs know that does seem to be a correlation. Equally in a fairly roundabout way Google has recently acknowledged that user data is playing more of a role in organizing results, something many have suspected is going on for years.
“Either way, if a +1 increases clicks, it naturally follows that sites will see a boost in search position (even if they don’t show up as +1′d to non-logged in users) aswell as the automatic boost from appearing in social circle results.
“I would say that it’s a happy coincidence for Google that those SEOs who really want to estimate the impact of +1 on their organic rankings are best off jumping into an AdWords campaign to calculate the influence of +1 on CTR and most easily gauge the reach of the social circle of their target audience. This is particularly great news for PPC agencies who have been looking to bolster their SEO pitch to clients and offer a more integrated service…”